Stone Country Festival

Kudos @AndyRalphKakadu of Kakadu Culture Camp for introducing us to the Stone Country Festival via Twitter and ABC Radio. If I were 3,000 miles closer, I’d love to go to this event in person! It’s the one day a year when the Aboriginal community allows everyone to enter. Weaving, spear making, cultural dances, food, sports.What doesn’t this festival have?

Stone Country Festival epitomizes the value of linking cultures (the topic in fact for September’s World Tourism Day).

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2011 Stone Country Festival - Injalak

Andy invites us to google for info. Here’s some of what I found about this event in the Northern Territory.

First virtual stop was injalak which has its own Facebook as well:

The community of Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) through its traditional Aboriginal owners, welcomes visitors to spend the day in their community and share a day of culture. The Stone Country Festival features, cultural dancing, painting and weaving demonstrations, bush foods, didjeridu-playing demonstrations, children’s activities and novelty events sports carnival, scenic flights.

Also, the Tourism NT event page provides some details:
The community of Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) in western Arnhem Land, through its traditional Aboriginal owners, welcomes visitors to spend the day in their community and share in the many activities taking place. Gunbalanya is located 320 kilometres east of Darwin and can be accessed via Kakadu National Park.

And today – this morning in fact – I was able to access the  Australia All Over radio program (with Macca) in which Andy is “full of beans and full of life.”

Give a listen to the 8am to 9am broadcast. Andy starts speaking inbetween the bird songs (!), around 30 or 40 minutes in. Learn how it’s Gurrung Season in Kakadu!

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